Recipe For Peach And Pistachio Rusks

It is quite amazing just how intelligent dogs are. When we lived in our previous house, we had a very small bedroom that could barely fit our double bed in. Our Boxer slept behind my knees, all 25 kilograms of her, and our Jack Russell Patch slept next to my tummy, as close to Dave as she could get, without touching him. We then moved into our cottage, and the stairs to our bedroom don’t have backs, i.e. the treads are open. Neither Maxine nor Patch would come up the stairs at first, and when they did they were relegated to sleeping on their own beds. Our bedroom is massive, and there is plenty of space for dog’s beds, and a queen size bed for Dave and I. Maxine decided that sleeping downstairs was far more pleasant, and Patch only gets onto the bed at about 5h30 to wait for Dave to wake up. After we put Maxine down, we got another Jack Russell. Molly could not get up the stairs, and Patch taunted her by coming upstairs every night to sleep on her cushion, rather than have this new dog near her. Molly eventually got confident enough to try the stairs, one at a time until she got all the way up. But, she has never been one to even try sleep on the bed, and only comes to wake me up if the sun has risen and we have not. Being an active puppy we decided to get her a playmate and another Jack Russell came home (and no, I don’t have the word crazy tattooed on my forehead). Patch and Molly ganged up and teased Misty endlessly by going up the stairs and leaving her stranded. She would cry and cry at the bottom of the stairs, and the two of them would glance down at her with a grin on their faces! It did not take long before Misty could get up the stairs, and she now has claimed her own space to sleep – on our bed right in the middle of the two of us, between our feet! She won’t sleep near me until Patch comes upstairs to have her morning snuggle as somehow instinctively she must know that I don’t like to be crowded. The same applies to when you make rusks. You do not want to crowd the added fruit and nuts in this recipe, as eating a rusk is all about the hard crunchy biscuit. The last time I made rusks I asked for flavour suggestions and Julie of Gourmet Getaways suggested that I make either date and nuts, or peaches and nuts, and so I chose to make peach and pistachio rusks.

Peach And Pistachio Rusks
Peach And Pistachio Rusks
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Peach And Pistachio Rusks

These rusks offer soft bites in the form of dried peaches.
Author: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime

Ingredients

  • 275 g self raising flour
  • 1.25 mls baking powder
  • 2.5 mls salt
  • 85 g sugar - I used fructose
  • 90 g dried peaches roughly chopped
  • 65 g raw pistachio nuts
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 125 g thick yoghurt
  • 125 g butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper
  • Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix in gently
  • Mix together the egg, yoghurt and butter
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients
  • Mix gently until well combined
  • Pour the batter into the loaf tin
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool
  • Preheat the oven to 40° Celsius
  • Cut into chunks and bake for 3 hours to dry out

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36 thoughts on “Recipe For Peach And Pistachio Rusks


  1. This looks like a real hearty snack! Love the nuts and the fruits. What would we do with out our man’s best friend. My Buddy does not sleep with us but during the day he is whoever we are at and yes Buddy is spoiled rotten by my 2 teenagers that treat him like the baby in the family.

  2. These rusks looks delicious, I have never thought to pair peach and pistachio before. Now how smart are my dogs? I don’t think they’re too bright, but then again, they’re both sleeping on the couch right now. so how dumb can they be?

  3. Great recipe Tandy. Will be trying this as soon as my current batch is finished.
    Have a happy evening ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  4. I love these rusks you make – Tandy – and yes our four legged friends are intelligent little chaps and girls:)

  5. Ohh, what nice pets you have, Tandy. Thank you for choosing Julie’s reco. Peaches and pistachios have a really nice contrast and complement well!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx


  6. Dogs really are amazingly clever. 🙂 Bear and I are in constant awe of our three Maremmas and one Bit-of-Everything dog. 🙂 These rusks sound so good. I do love peaches and nuts together. 🙂

  7. Aww!! My dog sleeps on “her cushion” too! SO cute! …btw, these look amazing! YUM 🙂

  8. Dogs are the best aren’t they….the rusks sound great – I’m just curious with the ml measurements for the baking powder and salt, I’m use to grams, any suggestions for what the weight measurements would be??? 😀

    1. I use mls instead of teaspoons as in different countries a tablespoon could be 15mls (like here) or 20mls (like in Australia). I would have to weigh the ingredients out to get the weights and once I do so, it will be on my conversion tables page 🙂

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